Screen-Free Week is a giant celebration, a chance to disconnect from your TV, computer and other recreational electronics and reconnect with your family, your community and the natural world. Make time to play, read, volunteer, learn, hike or create. The idea is to really do things, not view someone else doing them.
Free Screen-Free Week activities in Pulaski, Sandy Creek, and Orwell:
The draft Screen-Free Week schedule for 2020 is coming together on this page. I’ll try to post newly scheduled activities within 24 hours of hearing about them. Check back here as the schedule develops. It should be finalized by the end of February.
Weeklong: Storybook nature walk at Selkirk Shores: The story “Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring” by Kenard Pack will be posted at intervals along the Frog Pond Trail. Feel free to walk this at any time. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Tuesday-Saturday from 6:30-8 pm, weather permitting, at St Francis Farm (136 Wart Road, Orwell NY): Guided sunset nature walks. Look for salamanders and wildflowers; listen for frogs and owls; stay on at the end if you want to watch the courting flights of woodcocks. Call 315-298-2844 or email email@example.com. Arrive promptly or call ahead to let us know you’re coming.
Monday, April 6:
All day long at the Ainsworth Memorial Library (6064 Main Street,Sandy Creek): Make It Monday! Easy and fun crafts for all ages.
2 PM-6 PM at the Half-Shire Historical Society (1100 County Rte 48, Richland): The Half-Shire Historical Society and the Rural & Migrant Ministry will jointly host a variety of crafts and games as well as child-friendly dinner fare, face painting, and sundaes.
6 PM at the Williamstown Library (2877 Co Rte 17): Ricard Grange invites people in to make salt-painted snowflakes.
6:30-7:30 pm at Selkirk Shores State Park (7101 State Route 3, Pulaski): Spring into Night: On this guided hike we will explore Selkirk Shores State Park as winter melts away to spring. We’ll look for signs of wildlife along the wooded trails. Admiring the sunset over the lake will be a beautiful end to the hike. All family members are invited; please dress for the chilly spring evenings and muddy (hopefully not snowy) trails. Gather at the enclosed meeting shelter. For more information call 315-298-5737.
Tuesday, April 7:
All day long at the Ainsworth Memorial Library: Thinking Tuesday Library Scavenger Hunt for all ages.
Morning (exact time TBD): The Salmon River Fine Arts Center will lead a mandala painting class for ages 9 and up at the Pulaski library. Pre-registration is required: call **** on or before **** to reserve your place.
1-3 PM: Shorebird activities at Selkirk Shores. Compete in a three-tier relay race to explore the challenges many shorebirds face in migrating to their nesting grounds! Find a mate, build a nest, and raise chicks on busy beaches! Followed with stories of our piping plovers and crafts inside the shelter (outside if weather permits). For more information call 315-298-5737 or email Kate Noonan, Kate.Noonan@parks.ny.gov
Wednesday, April 8:
10 am-11 am: Tour of fish hatchery, presentation on the life cycle of salmon, and paper-plate fish-making, led by Betsy Ukeritis of the DEC. Gather in the lobby of the visitor center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-314-0768
11 am-12 noon: Same as above.
1-3 pm: Free drawing class at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center (4848 N. Jefferson Street, Pulaski)
Thursday, April 9:
10-11 am at Selkirk Shores: Animal Detectives: Join us as the winter woods awaken. Kids will discover how animals cope with the cold and go on a short hike to search for tracks and traces of winter wildlife. Adults must stay with children. Please dress for the weather and muddy/snowy trails. Gather at the enclosed meeting shelter. For more information call 315-298-5737.
1-2 pm at the Cogswell Free Library (1992 County Route 2,Orwell): Reading of “Lily Pad Pond,” bug/tadpole art activity, and nature games led by St Francis Farm. For more information contact Joanna at St. Francis Farm, 315-298-2844, email@example.com
2:30-4:00 pm at the Ainsworth Memorial Library in Sandy Creek: Thread Thursday: Knit and Crochet Group for all ages and levels. Instruction is provided. Materials are provided for the first class or bring your own
6-8 pm at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center: Free drawing class
Friday, April 10:
10 am-11 am at the Pulaski public library: Preschool Story Hour
10:30 am at the Ainsworth Memorial Library in Sandy Creek: Little Readers Story Hour for toddlers and preschoolers. At Story Hour, children sing, do activities, have a snack, and listen to stories.
1-2 pm at Selkirk Shores: Twig Time: Kids, did you ever want to dress up like a twig or play twig match? Learn how to identify trees without their leaves! Adults must stay with children. Please dress for the weather and muddy/snowy trails.
2 pm-4 pm at St. Francis Farm: Come volunteer in the gardens or greenhouse and take a tour –meet the goats, chickens and rabbits, explore the nature trails and look for wild things. For more information, or to schedule a visit on another day, call 315-298-2844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 11:
All day long at the Ainsworth Memorial Library in Sandy Creek: Slime Saturday–Make and Take Slime available all day
10 am- 2 pm at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center : Make a wetland or woodland creature. Using a variety of colorful paints and different sized dowels, you will paint and decorate your creature with dots. Fun for all ages!